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Jason Taylor moving to on-field role
March 2, 2023

Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor will assume an on-field coaching position at the University of Miami.

Taylor moves from his off-field analyst position at Miami to presumably coach the Hurricanes defensive ends, replacing Rod Wright on the coaching staff.

Taylor’, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, played his college ball at the University of Akron. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third Round (73rd pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. Taylor signed a four-year deal worth approximately $1.3 million in July 1997. From there he established himself as one of the premier defensive ends in the league.

Taylor has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, two AFC Defensive Player of the Year awards (2002, 2006), and the 2007 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the only league honor that recognizes both on-field achievements and off-the-field contributions. Taylor is also a six-time Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2002, 2004–2007), a four-time First or Second-team All-Pro (2000–2002, 2006), a two-time NFL Alumni Association Defensive Lineman of the Year (2005, 2006), and the NFL Alumni Association Pass Rusher of the Year (2000). In 2011, after a 15-year pro career, Taylor retired from football. Taylor was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, in his first year of eligibility.

Taylor started his coaching career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School for five years from 2017-2021, his first three as the team's defensive line coach, and his last two as the team's defensive coordinator. During Taylor's tenure, St. Thomas Aquinas won three consecutive state championships from 2019-2021. They won their fourth consecutive state title in 2022 after Taylor left the team to join the University of Miami as a defensive analyst.

Miami has not made a formal announcement on his coaching duties, but it's believe he will coach the defensive ends and possibly the outside linebackers. More details are forthcoming.


Coach Taylor is the final hire for Miami 's 2023 on-field coaching staff.

Congratulations coach Jason Taylor!

GO Canes!

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